Fifth Disease (Erythema Infectiosum)
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Fifth disease is sometimes called "slapped-cheek disease" because of the rash that some people get on the face.
If a rash appears, usually it has two or three distinct stages:
- A bright red rash occurs on the sides of the face and sometimes on the forehead and chin. This rash usually is gone within 5 days.
- Another rash appears on the neck, trunk, forearms, upper legs, and buttocks. This rash starts as round red spots and begins to take on a lacy look. It can be itchy, especially in older children. This second stage lasts a week or less.
- After the body rash fades, it may come back if the person is out in the sun, gets too warm, or is under stress. This rash lasts 1 to 3 weeks. Even though a rash comes back, it does not mean your illness is worse.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||John Pope, MD - Pediatrics|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Christine Hahn, MD - Epidemiology|
|Last Revised||March 15, 2011|